Personal Income Down In January

Personal income decreased $505.5 billion, or 3.6 percent, and disposable personal income (DPI) decreased $491.4 billion, or 4.0 percent, in January, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased $18.2 billion, or 0.2 percent. In December, personal income increased $353.4 billion, or 2.6 percent, DPI increased $325.7 billion, or 2.7 percent, and PCE increased $14.8 billion, or 0.1 percent, based on revised estimates.

Real disposable income decreased 4.0 percent in January, in contrast to an increase of 2.7 percent in December. Real PCE increased 0.1 percent, the same increase as in December.

The 4.0 percent decrease in January DPI mainly reflected the effect of special factors, which boosted employee contributions for government social insurance in January and which had boosted wages and salaries and personal dividends in December. Excluding these special factors and others, which are discussed more fully below, DPI increased $37.6 billion, or 0.3 percent in January, after increasing $38.6 billion, or 0.3 percent, in December.